Dear Whitman Families,
I want to thank the staff, students and parent community for welcoming me to Whitman Elementary. I’m enjoying working with such a professional, caring learning community. I try to be at Whitman’s front doors in the morning and after school. Please stop and say hi!
Parent/Teacher/Student conferences were a success and many positive remarks were shared with me as I met with parents during the week. I really appreciated the attendance by parents as they met with teachers to discuss their child’s progress.
It has been proven over and over that students whose parents are actively involved in their child’s life are more successful in school. There are many ways to be involved. Involvement may consist of volunteering in your child’s classroom, participating in the PTA, reviewing school assignments and homework, setting aside a learning place at home, and/or making sure your child reads at home every day. Thanks for being partners with us at Whitman!
Students in Portland Public Schools’ Community Transition Program will get to learn valuable culinary skills, thanks in a part to a donation from a legendary singer.
Student and staff safety is a primary concern for Portland Public Schools. As part of the 2017 Health, Safety and Modernization Bond, approximately $5 million was allocated to upgrade school security systems across the district. That work, known as the Secure Schools Project, uses national best practice recommendations that focus on securing school perimeters and controlling access.
Fifth-grade students will have the opportunity to visit their future middle school during open houses scheduled from January to May. This is a great opportunity for families to visit neighborhood schools, focus option and alternative programs.
Portland Public Schools marked a significant milestone in the work to bring a long-term vision to the district earlier this month, with the first meetings of the PPS Guiding Coalition. The meetings, which included about 100 participants and were themed “Let’s Dream Together,” took place Dec. 7 at the Blanchard Education Service Center and all day Dec. 8 at Faubion School.
6:00 PM District Board Meeting